08 Mar 2017 What would a City Deal mean for ARCH projects?
The Swansea Bay City Region has put a proposal together to secure significant funding for our region. The City Deal is made up of health & wellbeing, energy and economic acceleration. ARCH forms the health & wellbeing strand of the bid.
The £1.3billion pound Swansea Bay City Region City Deal really is a “once in a generation” opportunity.
A City Deal would allow the ARCH partners to accelerate specific projects within our portfolio, aimed at improving the health, wealth & wellbeing of South West Wales.
A decision on the City Deal is expected in weeks, with written Budget documents praising the progress of the Swansea bid.
The City Deal is first time that the NHS in Wales has been involved in economic development at this level. Our aim is to access funding which will allow this region to become a “living laboratory” for health & life science innovation.
£15million of City Deal funding would be dedicated to the development of ABMU’s Morriston and Singleton sites - a City Deal would accelerate plans for both sites to become world-class Health Science Campuses.
With the recent acquisition of 55 acres of land adjacent to the existing hospital at Morriston and plans progressing for a new access road from the M4 into the site, the plans for Morriston include South Wales's third Institute of Life Science, creating a unique health & life science innovation environment.
The City Deal will allow the ARCH partnership to tap into the decade of success delivered through Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science and develop the future expansion of the Joint Clinical Research Facility. Morriston will become an environment where health & life science innovation can be encouraged, proven, embedded and taken to regional, national and global marketplaces.
The Singleton health campus will see the establishment of Swansea University’s Healthcare Technology Centre - a core component of the ARCH science park vision for Singleton. This second health campus will focus on science and technology, working to:
*Grow the Medical School’s under and postgraduate student numbers;
*Support the growth of research scale, quality and impact;
*Provide a platform for life science companies, researchers and students; and
*Kick start the development of health and life science products, processes and services.
The City Deal offers this region an unmissable opportunity to lead world-class medical research and capitalise on the growing cluster of innovative life science and healthcare companies in our area.
We will ensure ideas developed in an Institute of Life Science or Joint Clinical Research Facility are translated and commercialised to bring positive economic impact for our region.
Along with the health campus development projects, ARCH is planning to create a regional network of health & wellbeing schemes. The schemes will ensure people can access the care and support they need in their communities to help reduce demand on a pressurised secondary care system.
The schemes aim to regenerate and breathe life back into communities, providing improved educational and employment opportunities – the two most powerful determinants of health and wellbeing.
£40million of City Deal funding would be dedicated to the first of these schemes – the Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village.
The Carmarthenshire Council-led project in Delta Lakes will create life science and health employment and investment opportunities. The village will be based around primary and community care facilities, and create an Institute of Life Science for Hywel Dda University Health Board, as well as education and skills development capability, and sport, leisure and tourism facilities.
The village will see the integration of business development, education, wellness initiatives, research and development and healthcare.